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    I've always wondered what Gibson's reaction was to Monteleone (not being the first one) to make mandolins with The Gibson on headstock. Did they just allow it? Feel it was good for them?

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    In the 1970's, when Monteleone and others were building copies of old Gibson mandolins and banjos, Gibson's owners were only interested in manufacturing instruments as cheaply as possible. It is not unlikely that they weren't even aware that a small handful of craftsmen were building instruments with the Gibson logo. If they did know, they did not bother to do anything about it.

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    I see this mandolin is for sale in the classifieds now. Hope it goes to someone that really appreciates it and picks it like crazy!
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    Very nice! Two observations -- looks like tuners have been changed and has a somewhat plain back (although nice) compared to what other boutique makers offer....

    It certainly has the pedigree, but for my money I guess I would want a fancier back...

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    Really happy to see that there is an accepted way to sell that instrument here. Yeah, the back may be a bit plain but I'll bet it's a great mandolin.
    And it's a legit part of mandolin history.
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    Do you want to buy a mandolin or a name? These days I prefer buying mandolins.

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    I don't know the numbers, how many are Gibson copies and that sort of thing, but here is number 6. It belongs to a friend of mine and I snapped a few pics when it was in the shop for fret work. It is one of a kind.
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    Iím that friend! Hereís the back of #6.
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    I have #63 in the shop now. It's a Grand Artist.

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